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$3,210
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
46
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 18 2014 6:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our Mission

To build environmentally-friendly, hand crafted, affordable Dutch style cargo bicycles for the masses made in Oak Cliff, TX

Our Project

We've been able to achieve our mission through hard work and putting 100% of our profits back into our company, but the time has come to streamline our manufacturing process, and build a cargo bicycle from scratch using traditional bicycle frame building techniques and methods.  Of course, our current recycled frames are built to the highest quality we can achieve using tried and true techniques, however we'd like to offer another line of scratch built frames that will help us to compete in our industry and overcome the manufacturing challenge of using recycled bicycles. 

Our Rewards

We've partnered with our closest vendors and friends to bring you an exclusive list of rewards.  We're also offering an exclusive version of the new Clyde, Stevie, Bonnie and Bonnie Wagon with the highest end components and our newly designed frames.

Here are some highlights:

Get a 12 oz bag of the limited edition Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycle roast!
Get a 12 oz bag of the limited edition Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycle roast!
Recycled bicycle cog bottle opener...Yes, please!
Recycled bicycle cog bottle opener...Yes, please!
Microcosm Publishing and Taking the Lane book rewards!
Microcosm Publishing and Taking the Lane book rewards!
Check out the trailer for the Less Car More Go documentary!
Check out the trailer for the Less Car More Go documentary!
You'll be the coolest kid on the block with one of these!
You'll be the coolest kid on the block with one of these!
Limit one.  Going to work never felt so cool!
Limit one. Going to work never felt so cool!
Learn to create art from the best!
Learn to create art from the best!

Our Company's Story

The desire to own a custom built Dutch bakfiet is the reason I’m now the co-owner of a small, but growing cargo bicycle manufacturer in all places, Dallas, TX, specifically the neighborhood of Oak Cliff.

I had the idea to bring down a local Portland guy by the name of Tom LaBonty to conduct a two day cargo bicycle building workshop.  Tom is now a local, cargo bicycle making legend in the city that owns the right to say they’re the center of what’s happening in cargo bicycles in America.  Tom had been featured in a small documentary from Microcosm Publishing, when I first learned about these amazing bicycles.  He has a DIY approach to things, and that spoke volumes to us. 

After the workshop Brennen went home and built his own from an old wheel barrel and spare bicycles parts by the end of the week.  Two weeks later, he’d built his second.  That was when I saw him out at a local community event trying to sell it with a little sign that no one could see.  I thought, “This guy is talented, but maybe I can help him sell these things!”  We then both proceeded to work on a business plan for building them right here in Oak Cliff.  It wasn’t long until we got a couple of locals to buy into the concept and placed our first orders.  Ever since those early days in late 2012, we’ve been putting everything back into our business to watch it steadily grow.  We have further to go, but we stand by our product, the benefits of cargo bicycles, and how much impact we think they can have on transportation and lifestyle issues.

Cargo Bicycles Built Green

It’s not often that companies go to such painstaking measures to reuse and re-purpose parts and materials in their manufacturing production like we do. Our industry is a glutton for producing too much product, and there remains too much bicycle material heading straight to our landfills. We are doing something about it by creating custom cargo bicycles from renewable steel frames, new steel, and the highest quality new and used bicycle components. The relationship we have with our environment is a key component to producing these versatile and reliable bicycles.

Risks and challenges

Since the beginning, we started with one simple goal in mind: Build a custom, quality bicycle at an affordable price.

We've accomplished our goal through hard work, putting 100% of our profit back into the company, but our challenge has been overcoming the manufacturing process to be profitable. We risk our own time and $ if we fail, however we will be able to overcome this challenge through education and a more efficient, streamlined manufacturing process. The bicycles we'd like to add to our line up will offer our customers the highest level of performance and quality in a traditional Dutch cargo bicycle.

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    The Starter: A handwritten thank you note, an Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles sticker, and the knowledge that you helped support cycling as a viable and alternative means of transportation.

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    The Barista: Local coffee roaster and friend Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters will provide a limited edition, 12 oz bag of their best whole bean roast with our OCCB logo

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    The Supporter: A handwritten thank you note, an OCCB sticker, and a special edition Kickstarter-OCCB, tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit.

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    The Re-cyclist: Our friends at Re-Geared make wonderful recycled products like us, including all of the wooden panels and boxes on our bicycles. They're offering a limited edition bicycle cog bottle opener with our logo on it along with a special edition Kickstarter-OCCB , tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit.

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    The Publisher: Joel Biel with Microcosm Publishing and Elenor Blue with Taking the Lane are accomplished writers and publish many books and films about bicycle lifestyle and advocacy issues. You'll get one publication along with a special edition KickStarter-OCCB, tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit, and a title from the list below:

    Zoom - Taking the Lane
    Open Your Heart - Taking the Lane
    Four Paws Two Wheels - Taking the Lane
    Religion - Taking the Lane
    PDX by Bike - Taking the Lane
    Childhood - Taking the Lane
    Disaster - Taking the Lane
    Pedal, Stretch, Breath - Taking the Lane
    Bikes in Space - Taking the Lane
    The Culinary Cyclist - Taking the Lane
    Why We Drive - Microcosm Publishing
    Chainbreaker - Microcosm Publishing
    Everyday Bicycling - Microcosm Publishing
    Beyond the Music - Microcosm Publishing
    Dream Whip #15 - Microcosm Publishing
    Alive with Vigor - Microcosm Publishing
    Scam - Microcosm Publishing
    Awesome Future - Microcosm Publishing
    Constant Rider Omnibus - Microcosm Publishing
    On Subbing - Microcosm Publishing

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    The Film Maker: Less Car More Go is the first crowd sourced cargo bicycle documentary, and we were proud to be a part of the Kickstarter that funded it. The producer, Liz Canning, will provide a signed copy of the documentary, and our special edition Kickstarter-OCCB , tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit.

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    The Film Maker Plus: A signed copy of Liz Canning's Less Car More Go cargo bicycle documentary, LCMG trucker hat, and our special edition Kickstarter-OCCB , tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit.

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    The Supporter Plus: A hand written thank you note, a custom OCCB headbadge from local artisan Shoshannah Frank with F. is for Frank that is polished and shaped to fit any headset, an OCCB sticker, and our special edition Kickstarter-OCCB , tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit.

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    The Designer: Our very own cargo bike builder and artist, Brennen Bechtol, will create a limited edition, hand printed 11 " x 17 " poster celebrating cargo bicycle culture.

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    The Musician: Koostik is a powerful amplifier made entirely from wood, and they've generously offered a limited run of their Ambrosia Maple Pivot with our OCCB logo etched on the back.

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    The Messenger: An exclusive PDX backpack from Blaqpak.com with our logo and our special edition Kickstarter-OCCB , tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit..

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    The Artist: Our friends at Oil and Cotton, a local art education school and supply store are offering a Spring Weekly Art Class package, and our special edition Kickstarter-OCCB , tri-blend tee. Please specify size and women's or men's fit.

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    The New Stevie: The very first newly designed, scratch built, cro-moly Stevie model with custom powdercoat color and all new components including, a Brooks B17 saddle and grips, Schwalb tires, Shimanno 3 spd drive train, a rear rack and panniers from from Blaqpak.com

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    The New Clyde: The very first newly designed, scratch built, cro-moly, Clyde model with custom powdercoat color, and all new components including a Brooks B17 saddle and grips, Schwalb tires, Shimano SLX disc brakes, Shimano SLX 10 speed cassette and hub drivetrain, Chris King headset, front and rear fenders, a rear rack, and panniers from Blaqpak.com

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    The New Bonnie: The very first newly designed, scratch built, cro-moly, Bonnie model with custom powdercoat color, and all new components including a Brooks B17 saddle and grips, Schwalb tires, Shimano SLX disc brakes, Shimano SLX 10 speed cassette and hub drivetrain, Chris King headset, a front and rear fender, a rear rack, and panniers and weather canopy from Blaqpak.com

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    The New Bonnie Wagon: The very first newly designed, scratch built, cro-moly, Bonnie Wagon E model with custom powdercoat color and all new components including a Brooks saddle and grips, Schwalb tires, EV Tech electric kit drivetrain, Shimano SLX disc brakes, a rear fender, a rear rack, and panniers and weather canopy from Blaqpak.com.

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Funding period

- (30 days)